A punch for Afghan women

By Casper Hedberg – In a dusty and worn out gym under the gray concrete platforms of the Ghazi Stadium in Kabul a handful of Afghan girls are preparing for the biggest adventure they could ever imagine: the Olympics in London in 2012. The girls are members of the first and only boxing club for girls in Afghanistan. Same place, same arena, where the Taliban for nearly a decade ago hosted public executions of women who were considered to have violated the Sharia law. Boxing Club for Girls is a symbol of the free, modern and more equitable Afghanistan, which emerged after the fall of the Taliban. But it is a fragile freedom. There are those who are willing to go far, even murder, to get these girls to end up with boxing.